Post # 1
Does the Bride have to stand on the left? I have always seen it done this way and I am just curious if there is a reason or if it is just a tradition that we do because it has always been done that way. I would prefer to stand on the right only because my dress has some gorgeous detailing on my left side and I would kinda like that to be seen when I am facing my Hubby To Be at the alter. I know it is a seemingly silly reason to want to switch sides but it is one of the reasons I fell in love with this dress and I kinda wanna show it off as much as I can! At the same time, if there is a real reason why the bride is usually on the left then I do want to honor that reason.
Post # 3
From theknot.com: It is customary for the bride to stand to the left at the altar, though you may not be so keen on the reasons why. The tradition actually stems from the old days of “marriage by capture”, when the groom needed to leave his right hand (his fighting hand) — which he used to hold his sword — free in the event that he should need to defend his bride from other suitors who may try to wisk her off at the last minute. Pretty dramatic, huh? Today, most couples still choose to stand with the gent on the right — probably because they haven’t really given it much thought. If you would like to mix things up, feel free to stand on whichever side makes you feel most comfortable. One thing to consider — if you are having a religious ceremony, check with your officiant and make sure that changing your positions at the altar won’t go against the beliefs of your church in any way.